Jack White will play a show at the Empty Bottle Wednesday. Credit: Instagram

UKRAINIAN VILLAGE — Rock musician Jack White is playing a last minute show at the intimate Empty Bottle music venue Wednesday night ahead of performing at the much larger Aragon Ballroom Thursday.

A founder of the White Stripes and various other musical projects, White has previously headlined Lollapalooza and played at the Chicago Theater and other big venues in the city.

Tickets for Wednesday’s show go on sale noon Tuesday, and are only available online. Doors for Wednesday’s show open at 7:30 p.m., with the show starting at 9 p.m., according to social media posts from the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave.

Fans will be limited to two tickets per customer, and the purchaser must be present at Wednesday’s show.


White’s Wednesday performance is the latest in a long tradition of popular musicians playing smaller club shows in Chicago, often ahead of larger concerts.

The Rolling Stones are known to frequently play secret shows at smaller venues before headlining stadiums and arenas in the city.

And in October, Wilco surprised fans by playing three last minute sets at Carol’s Pub in Uptown, with fans lining up outside the bar hours before to claim a spot.

White is headlining a show Thursday at the Aragon Ballroom in Uptown. Wet Leg and Starcrawler are also playing.

Wednesday’s show will be “phone-free,” according to the Empty Bottle, with fans being asked to check their phones at the door. White has long banned phones at his performances.